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The US owes Nicaragua US$17bn:time to pay up!

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 1 August 2017 |

Demonstration outside US Embassy in London demanding US compliance with ICJ ruling

Demonstration outside US Embassy in London demanding US compliance with ICJ ruling

In 1986, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found the US guilty of military and paramilitary aggression against Nicaragua in violation of international law and in breach of a 1956 friendship treaty between the two countries. The ruling refers to mining ports, bombing attacks and encouraging acts of terrorism.

The ICJ rejected US arguments of collective self-defence and ordered the US to cease acts of aggression and pay reparations.

Claiming the ICJ had no right of jurisdiction over the case,the US walked out, and blocked enforcement by the UN Security Council thereby avoiding payment of US$17bn reparations.

A UN General Assembly call for full and immediate compliance was also ignored.

Over 30 years on, the Nicaraguan government has initiated legal proceedings to recover the indemnity for the ‘destructive and illegal interference’ by the US in Nicaragua’s internal affairs.